MEDICAL staff and architects gave a virtual tour of the new Jigsaw Building this week, sharing their plans for improved facilities for cancer treatments and women’s health.
Over 50 people attended the evening event at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH), including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth, the mayors of Christchurch, Ferndown, and New Milton, local councillors and representatives from local businesses. Project architects, Stride Treglown, and RBH medical staff gave a guided tour through the proposed building, walking through the new patient journeys.
The proposed 2000m2 Jigsaw Building will be based at RBH between the Eye Unit and the Derwent Suite for Orthopaedics. Split over two floors, it will be a centre of excellence for oncology, haematology, gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy.
Rachel Hall, RBH haematology consultant, explained: “Over the years diagnosis and treatments have changed dramatically, but our physical space obviously hasn’t changed along the way. We now treat around 60-90 patients a day in our current chemotherapy area in Ward 10, but it is just too cramped, which obviously affects patient privacy and dignity.
“Our patients have had a lot of discussion on ideas for the new chemotherapy bay and with their feedback, it will be a much more comfortable, private, spacious place to be.”
Tony Skene, breast care consultant, said: “Current facilities are not sufficient and can disrupt the patient experience. Our new building will allow patients to be treated in one place, moving across a corridor for something that might currently be a quarter of a mile walk from one end of the hospital to the other. Without that ‘big hospital’ feel, this change will give a more protected feel to the patients during what can be a daunting and nervous experience.”
Haematology consultant Helen McCarthy added: “A big asset that we have now is our outside space. On Ward 10, our patients really appreciate the balcony overlooking the lake. We hope to create an outside space that our patients can relax in during their time in hospital. Our plans are to make a tranquil, calm external court yard garden for patients to enjoy.”
Phase one of the outside space project will be to create the Jigsaw garden, followed by the redevelopment of the green space near the hospital lake during phase two.
Fundraising continues for the outside space project, as well as for new medical equipment for the building.
Richard Renaut, the Trust’s director of service development, said: “The project has come a long way and these virtual images make it seem much closer to reality. We wouldn’t have made it this far without the views and huge support of the local community, so we say a big ‘thank you’ to everybody who has helped us so far.”
The plans for the new building are on show in the main atrium of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Subject to planning approval, initial work could start in October with a potential completion date of late 2014.
You can find out more about the project at www.jigsawappeal.org.uk.